You may have heard of balance bikes? If not, you are in the right place to learn.
Today, we will discuss balance bikes and their benefits for toddlers to help you understand why you should get one for your toddler as their first bike.
What Is a Balance Bike?
Balance bikes are a new type of "transitional" bike sometimes referred to as striders. They have 2 wheels like a normal bike but no pedals. Balance bikes are specifically designed for toddlers to learn balance and steering without the added function of pedalling.
Toddlers as young as two can start riding balance bikes with 12-inch wheels. These transitional bikes make it easy for toddlers to learn steering and balance before they make a smooth transition to a normal bike.
Benefits of Balance Bikes for Toddlers
While training wheels and tricycles have been around since parents and grandparents were young kids, balance bikes are the latest and greatest in bikes for young kids.
Here are the key benefits of balance bikes for toddlers.
• Builds Interest and Confidence
Cycling attracts kids from the very first time they see someone riding a bike. However, facing a bike and mounting one for the first time feels dreadful to most kids, as you may remember yourself. Balance bikes help build cycling interest and gives toddlers the confidence to start riding and learning.
Since toddlers' feet don't have to leave the ground with the balance bikes, they feel less fear and quickly develop interest. Moreover, toddlers easily acclimate to balance bikes, giving them the confidence, positivity, and self-assuredness they need to continue learning and riding.
• Teaches Bike Control
Nothing teaches toddlers control of a bike better than balance bikes. Since their feet are on the ground, they quickly learn bike steering without ever fearing loss of balance. Unlike training wheels and tricycles that require pedalling, toddlers never rely on tires for balance. They feel safe and grounded while riding the bike.
This sense of safety and stability enables them to focus more on steering and control from a young age.
• Teaches One Thing at a Time